Written by Ivy Tunkete Mwanyongo
A group of about five thousand four hundred IPTE14 teachers has expressed dismay over failure by the Ministry of Education to recruit them, 3 years after they completed their training.
In a statement titled “Asking your Ministry to recruit IPTE14 teachers”, the concerned teachers are among others questioning the ministry why it is still releasing vacancies for IPTE training while already trained cohorts like IPTE 14 teachers are suffering with unemployment.
Speaking separately to Umunthu FM, the group’s Spokesperson Yankho Mathias says its high time the ministry should respond to their call, which he says envisages the Malawi 2063 vision.
Mathias adds that despite receiving the lion’s share in the allocation of the previous national budgets passed in Parliament, the ministry has remained silent on their request to recruit them.
“We have submitted a letter to the Ministry of Education and a copy to the Ministry of local Government seeking for clarification on why they are continuing to release adverts for new cohorts to be trained in various teaching colleges in the country, when we have over 15 thousand teachers who are currently unemployed”, said Mathias.
“We are also concerned with the introduction of Interviews when recruiting teachers into the civil service system, we think the government should come up with another procedure as the interview system is oppressing poor teachers”, added Mathias.
Meanwhile, Mathias says the group is looking forward for the Ministry to consider responding to their call within 7 days, adding that once the time given elapses, the group will then map the way forward.
But when contacted, Spokesperson in the Ministry of Education Mphatso Nkuonera says they are yet to receive the said letter from the group.
Nkuonera has however assured the group of the government’s commitment to recruiting them, once all the required procedures are done as the 2023/24 national budget has recently been passed.
“We have not received, nor have we seen the letter purported to have been written by IPTE14 teachers, but as a Ministry we are committed that the teachers should be recruited”, said Nkuonera.
He added that, “However it should be understood that the recruitment of teachers is a process where different procedures are followed, as such, there might be some sort of delays due to the procedures but I can assure them that the government is going to try its best for them to be recruited”.
As it stands now, over 15 thousand primary teachers trained under IPTE 14, 15, 16 and 17 are still searching for employment.